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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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A History of Violence

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Our Mutual Friend

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Women’s Work

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Ken Shoulder with drone, 1993

The Frontiersman

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Illustration of a Pasteur-Chamberland filter

The Filter of Life

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Carl “Speed” Marvel in PBI vest

Tough Stuff

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Cloud chamber from the A. C. Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, ca. 1950.

Hazardous Fun

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Walter Snelling Photograhpic Experiment

Visual Evidence

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Skil Craft Biology Lab 1960

It’s Alive!

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John Mayow’s “nitro-aerial particles” in action

Carried Away

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Life Is Fragile

Delicate Matters

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Mysto Magic

Presto Chango

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Shapes to Come

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X-ray fluorescence scanning is used to uncover the secrets of Thomas Wijck’s The Alchemist.

Double Vision

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A Better Pill

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Liber de arte distillandi de compositis

Tryals and Tribulations

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Mark of Pierre Viart

Of Woodcuts and Metalcuts

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A 19th-century advertisement for dynamite by the Giant Powder Company.

Meeting the Miner’s Friend

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Parachute silk

Hot Pursuit

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Silver-plated teapot

(Electro) Plating to Success

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Butter-in-Law

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Query 31 in Opticks

Last Words

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A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July

Birmingham Toast

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Louis Pasteur

The Artist in the Laboratory

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Smoky Visions

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How to detect adulterated food and medicine

Secret Ingredient

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Intubation set

Instrumental to Survival

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Joseph Wright's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) housed at the National Gallery, London.

Pumped Up

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Sceptical Chymist title page

Alchemists, Unite!

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Eli Lilly Test Kit No. 7

Taking Control

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Sickening Sweet

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Dress for Success

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The Golden Rule

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Navajo rug

Weaving Cultures

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Political Potions

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Alan MacDiarmid

Leave a Message

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KKK Initiation

Coffins in a Bottle

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Trading cards

Where’s the Beef?

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Pandora, That Is, the Noblest Gift of God

Pandora’s Secrets

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Alfred Swaine Taylor on poisons

Palmer the Poisoner

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An advertisement for Pennsalt DDT. Ads in CHF’s new DDT collection show how marketers used a mix of comedy and alarmism to sell insecticides.

The DDT Collector

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Party Spirits

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A Notorious Life

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Geneticist Matthew Meselson with the Beckman Model E in 1958.

Inside the Box

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Natural Magick

Laws of Attraction

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Leyden Jar Battery

Leyden Jar Battery

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William Ramsay

A Tale of Two Knights

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Liquid-crystal displays, a fundamental element of much of today’s technology, found their first commercial use behind a bar.

A Cloudy Past

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Schematic of J. J. Thomson’s apparatus.

Positive Effect

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Letter to James Curtis Booth while working at U.S. Mint

Money Man

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Page from Chimie du goût et de l'odorat

The Key to Good Taste

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A sample of Salvarsan from 1936

Early Solution

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The French Connection

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